Honolulu Criminal Appeals Lawyer
Appealing a Conviction in Hawaii
You now have a criminal conviction. Maybe your trial attorney got you a
good deal, or maybe a raw deal. Perhaps you were found guilty following
a trial. During a criminal appeal, the defense must be able to show that
justice was denied or that the trial attorney failed to investigate the
case fully. In-depth research can help in these types of appeals cases
and I have experience doing just that.
At my law firm,
The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady, LLC, you get to work with a Honolulu appellate attorney who can skillfully
represent you throughout your appeal. Once I take you on as a client,
I will thoroughly analyze your case, dig up the necessary research and
evidence, and work aggressively to get your conviction or negative judgment
for excellent legal representation! You only have 30 days after conviction
to file an appeal.
Seeking Relief After a Plea Bargain
One of the most common questions I hear from our clients is: "How
can I get my conviction overturned?" It is important to understand
that if you entered into a plea bargain, then you have pled guilty and
are subject to criminal penalties. You cannot appeal a conviction just
because you do not like the result; however, this does not mean that you
significant relief from a criminal conviction through either an appeal, a motion for post-conviction
relief, an expungement, or another legal tactic.
How the Appeals Process Works
There are a variety of tools that can be used to provide some form of relief
to people who have already been convicted of a crime. The most well-known
tool is the appeal. In order for an appeal to be made, the defense counsel
must meet specific requirements that allow the case to move into the appellate
court system. These requirements usually involve identifying some type
of problem in the original trial and citing supporting legal precedents
for reversing a prior conviction or getting a new trial.
A few possible strategies for obtaining an appeal in Hawaii include:
- Discovering new evidence
- Proving that there was a failure to follow correct procedures (mistrials)
- Proving that evidence was used when it should have been suppressed
There are also many other potential appellate tactics that can be used.
Since there are strict time limits during which appeals can be made, it
is important to start this process as early as possible.
Other Tools for Post-Conviction Relief
An appeal is not the only route available for post-conviction relief. I
am a knowledgeable and experienced Honolulu appeals lawyer, and I have
employed a variety of alternative defense strategies. A couple of those
include post-conviction relief petitions and collateral attacks on sentencing.
I can help you determine which defense strategy is most beneficial for
Contact The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady, LLC
In some cases, a traditional appeal will be the best option for challenging
a conviction or judgment. In other cases, this process may be too lengthy
and expensive, or simply inapplicable to the case at hand. I can provide
you with a case evaluation, in which I will thoroughly investigate all
of the legal proceedings and discovery available in order to arrive at
the best possible strategy in your case. I can then provide you with your
legal options for moving forward.
If you are in Hawaii,
contact The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady, LLC for aggressive help in appealing your criminal case.